A Tradition of Enhancing the Transformative Student Experience at WSU
The CougParents Program supports new and innovative programs and services that directly contribute to the transformative student experience at Washington State University—enhancing the learning, leadership and life of students outside of the classroom. The program is made possible by generous support from contributing parents, family members, alumni, and friends.
Funding from this program is only allocated to registered student organizations and programs adding value to the out-of-classroom experience at all WSU campus locations. Funds are awarded annually based on need, number of students served, and the educational benefits derived by members of the WSU CougParents Advisory Board.
Stories of Student Impact
Recipients of CougParents Program funding during the 2020-21 academic year included:
Cougs In Space
Cougs in Space, a student-led spacecraft engineering organization, developed an electric propulsion device called CougDrive-I for one of their future missions. CougParents support allowed them to finish building a high vacuum chamber and begin testing a portion of CougDrive-I's propulsion subsystems. Their research will be presented at the 2021 International Electric Space Propulsion conference.
"It is not often that students get the opportunity to send something to space. It is even less often that it is an electric propulsion device. It may put our college on the map as a competitive aerospace research center."
Colin Warn, Propulsion Team Lead
Cameron Cornwell, Structure Team Lead
WSU Steel Bridge Team
With your support, the WSU Steel Bridge Team competed in the 2021 AISC Student Steel Bridge Competition. They built a 21 ft. bridge and benefited from hands-on lessons about structural design, construction scheduling, and construction estimating.
“This year was especially difficult on our team and we do not believe competing would have been possible without the support we received from the CougParents Fund.”
William Nickelson, WSU Steel Bridge Team Captain
MLK/Common Reading Keynote Speakers
This year, the WSU MLK and Common Reading Programs joined forces to deliver several thought-provoking keynotes who could each speak to a facet of diversity and inclusion. CougParents Program funding made it possible to bring three keynotes to the virtual stage: Bree Newsome Bass, who focused on activism; Anthony Jack, who focused on campus inclusion of students of color; and Ijeoma Oluo, who focused on how to have conversations about race that are at the heart of change. The events drew attendance from all WSU campuses and WSU Extension.
"In a year where so much was different and challenging, we were very pleased to continue to offer quality programming to students across the WSU system. Thank you for your generous assistance in making these kinds of speakers and conversations possible for all within the WSU community."
Dr. Karen Weathermon, Director of First-Year Programs, Academic Engagement and Student Achievement
Dr. Allen Sutton, Executive Director of the Office of Outreach and Education
WSU Collegiate DECA
CougParents funding allowed 15 students to compete at the Collegiate DECA Regional Competition, with 10 members advancing to the National Competition. Students presented on case studies in corporate finance, entrepreneurship operations, human resource management, managerial accounting, and marketing management.
“Regional and national competition taught our members leadership, communication, professionalism, how to work under pressure, and how to create and share a business plan with business professionals in their field.”
Ryan Orcutt, WSU Collegiate DECA President
ASCC Virtual Etiquette Dinner
CougParents funding enabled the ASCC (Academic Success and Career Center) to offer a virtual etiquette dinner to students representing the Everett, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Pullman campuses. During the event, attendees learned how to prepare for a business dinner, navigate the virtual recruiting landscape, and network.
“It was great learning about dinner etiquette, how to network with people, and how to be a flexible person who can pivot quickly in their career."
Lindsay McCoy, WSU Pullman AMDT Masters student
SEB Virtual Programming
The Student Entertainment Board brings Cougs together for moments that define their college experience. This year, CougParents Program funding allowed SEB to deliver a virtual alternative to Springfest, a large concert that typically takes place during spring semester. SEB was able to bring musicians, podcast creators, and comedians Cody Ko and Noel Miller to the virtual stage for a live Q&A that close to 1000 students attended.
"Thank you for your continued support of the Student Entertainment Board. You make being a Coug an unforgettable experience."
Jacob Wakeman-Rasmussen, SEB Executive Director
TaMisha Greathouse, Student Involvement Associate Director
Racing for Pink 5K
With CougParents Program support, the Lovely Sisterhood of Chi Delta Sigma Sorority, Inc. hosted its first ever virtual 5K. The event drew participants across Washington and raised funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.